The One who is the object of our love was born contrary to the laws of nature, was reared in obscurity, lived in poverty, and only once crossed the boundary of the land in which He was born – and that was in His childhood.  He had no wealth or influence and had neither training nor education in the world’s schools.  His relatives were inconspicuous and uninfluential.

In infancy, he startled a king.  In boyhood, He puzzled learned doctors.  In manhood, He ruled the course of nature.  He walked upon the billows and hushed the sea to sleep.  He healed the multitudes without medicine and made no charge for His services.

He never wrote a book, yet if everything He did were written in detail, the world itself couldn’t contain the books that would be written.  He never founded a college, yet all the schools together cannot boast of as many students as He has.  He never practiced medicine, yet He has healed more broken hearts than doctors have healed broken bodies.  Throughout history, great men have come and gone, yet He lives on: Herod could not kill Him, Satan could not seduce Him, death could not destroy Him, and the grave could not hold Him.

From: Remember and Return: Rekindling Your Love for the Savior – A Devotional by John MacArthur (Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2016), pp. 16-17.


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